Being run off the road by another driver is a nightmare scenario for many people, however it’s important to know what to do in case this situation occurs. By being prepared for this situation you can take steps that will help you during and after the accident.
The first and most important thing to do after an accident happens is to evaluate your surroundings. Take time to assess if you or anyone else involved in the accident is injured. Call 911 and begin first aid if needed. It is also important to be sure you are out of immediate danger, by evaluating if your car is in a safe place, and whether or not there is any possibility of fire.
Once everyone is safe, try to determine who was driving the vehicle that ran you off the road. If you can, get a license plate number and exchange insurance information. If you were run off the road by an 18-wheeler take down any distinguishing information about the truck including the US DOT number found on the side of the truck, and the company name. While compiling information be sure to write down the location your accident occurred, as well as the date and time.
Next, gauge the damage that has been done to your vehicle. Your vehicle may have incurred damage by being struck by the other vehicle, through contact with a guardrail or other obstacle, or when trying to swerve or stop to avoid a collision. Even if there was no direct impact, the driver who ran you off the road may be held responsible for any damage done to your vehicle. It is important however to report the accident even if you don’t believe there to be any damage. First, because a dangerous driver especially an 18-wheeler should be reported in order to keep future accidents from occurring, and second because there may be damage to yourself or your vehicle that you are unaware of in the moment.
If there are eyewitnesses present, be sure they give a statement to the police, and take down their information this may be helpful when trying to prove that the other driver was at fault. If the driver who runs you off the road does not stop, and you cannot get license plate number it may still be possible to file a claim through your insurance for the damage. In any case, after an incident involving injury or vehicle damage, it is important to contact a skilled attorney to help you navigate your claims.